Meet the Team
Dr. Nicole Sandilands H.BKin, ND
Naturopathic Doctor and Co-Founder of DNHC
Nicole is excited to have opened DNHC with her twin sister, being able to offer safe, effective natural treatments to the community. She received her medical training from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine after completing a 4-year Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology degree from McMaster University.
Nicole welcomes treating a variety of health conditions however she has a special interest in treating women's health and hormonal concerns, weight loss, digestive complaints, autoimmune conditions (ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc) as well as detoxification.
She combines natural medicines with conventional science to create a truly integrative health care experience. She utilises many different therapies including nutrition and dietary supplements, intravenous therapies, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, botanical medicine, and homeopathy.
She enjoys spreading the message of health and often gives seminars and talks to local groups on various health topics. For more information about her upcoming seminars or to set up a presentation for your group, please contact us today.
Dr. Natalie McCulloch H.BKin, ND
Naturopathic Doctor and Co-founder of DNHC
Natalie is the co-founder of Durham Natural Health Centre. She strongly believes in a balanced approach to health and well-being and is excited to bring her passion for wellness to the Durham region. She obtained her Naturopathic Medical degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Prior to studying Naturopathic Medicine she studied Kinesiology at McMaster University where she completed a 4 year honours degree. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree she began working in the fitness industry. While working as a personal trainer, Natalie was continually amazed at how simple, natural, lifestyle changes could make a tremendous difference in one’s health. She began looking for a health care system that supported the natural healing abilities of the body and quickly discovered Naturopathic Medicine. She enrolled in the 4 year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and has never looked back. She welcomes treating all conditions however has a keen interest in paediatrics, digestive complaints, women’s health issues, auto-immune conditions, hormonal issues, infertility and environmental sensitivities. Natalie is committed to continual education and training to ensure her patients are receiving the best care and most applicable treatment. She has obtained additional training in the area of pediatrics, women’s health and environmental medicine.
Natalie has a passion for educating and regularly gives talks on health and Naturopathic Medicine within the Durham region. She has conducted seminars to various health professionals to educate about the importance of integrative care, naturopathic medicine and disease prevention. She has been a featured guest on Rogers Durham Daytime television show where she appeared as the resident health expert. She has published various articles including one in the Vital Link, the national publication for Naturopathic Doctors. Natalie is a member of both the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors as well as the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.
Natalie is available for talks and presentations for local businesses and groups on a wide variety of health topics. Contact us today for more information.
Dr. Nadine Gavin H.BSc, ND
“Your health in your hands”
Before starting my career as a Naturopathic Doctor, I obtained my Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Biomedical Science at McMaster University. While completing research at Hamilton General Hospital I was active in the community as a Best Buddy and member of Smiling Over Sickness. These experiences motivated me to pursue a career as a physician, educator and health advocate. I enjoyed four years at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and went on to complete a two year clinical residency working with special populations at Anishnawbe Health Toronto, Sherbourne Health Centre and BNTC at Brampton Civic Hospital. I continue to teach and mentor at CCNM as a Clinic Supervisor and have extra training in pediatric care and intravenous therapy.
I will work with you to fully understand your health concerns and create a treatment plan that fits into your everyday life. My goal is to empower others towards positive change that is rewarding and sustainable.
I have been published in Naturopathic Currents and was featured in the summer 2014 issue of Mind Body Spirit.
Dr. Antonia Tsallas ND
My naturopathic medical journey began while pursuing my Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia. While living in Vancouver, I experienced a different way of life, one that promoted healthy living, physical activity and outings in nature while balancing time with friends and family. I introduced myself to yoga, kickboxing, hiking, kayaking, and running. Living there, I realized that the secret to living a healthy and balanced life is in the company we keep and the environment we live. This is what empowered me to take charge of my life and my health.
I completed my Naturopathic Medical Degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. During my clinical internship, I had the opportunity to work on the specialized Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue shift. As a result, I have a special interest in pain management, stress management, and mental health. However, I enjoy treating all conditions and welcome concerns in digestive health as well as hormone health.
I am a member of both the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. My passion for Naturopathic Medicine motivates me to expand my knowledge in the field of naturopathy through educational talks, coaching and attending medical conferences.
My initial training in pharmaceutical sciences has resulted in a strong knowledge base of pharmaceutics in the field of drug delivery and research, which compliments my current practice of alternative medicine. Hence, through naturopathic research, I hope to discover alternative methods for improving ones health in supplemental delivery and naturopathic treatment.
My journey through naturopathic medicine ignited me to start listening to my own needs, which I hope to pass on to others with similar health goals. The path to wellness is a journey, I would love to be the health professional ready to assist you on your way. To find out more, follow me on facebook.
Dr. Christal Blanchard BSc, MSc, CISSN, ND
Christal is a bilingual, licensed Naturopathic Doctor. She has been treating families in Northern Ontario and Toronto for 7 years. Patients come to her with a wide range of conditions such as hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal disturbances, food sensitivities, weight loss, thyroid disease, bioenergetic imbalances, chronic pain and more.
Christal’s approach to patient care is to bring balance to the mind and body by addressing the root cause of disease. She is focused on the “why” of the condition rather than managing symptoms.
Christal obtained certification in Restorative Medicine with the Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM) including specialized training in women’s health, metabolic diseases, thyroid disorders and endocrine dysfunction. She has had much success in optimizing hormonal balance with both natural supplements and bio-identical hormones (such as topical estrogen and progesterone) as well as dessicated thyroid extract (for thyroid hormone replacement therapy).
With a passion for sports and a former university basketball player, Christal specialized in sports medicine during her clinical rotation at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has also completed her certification with the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) and is currently completing her training for certification with the International College of Applied Kinesiology (ICAK). The AK practitioner follows the principle that specific muscles are linked to specific organs. By identifying the muscles that are unstable, we can identify underlying imbalances in the body both presently and preventatively.
Christal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Sciences from Laurentian University. During her research studies, she learned the importance of evidence-based research and continues to use these tools in her daily practice as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Christal Graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2011. She passed the Ontario Prescribing and Therapeutics exam administered by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario in July 2015 allowing her to prescribe and use natural substances that are regulated under federal legislation. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Dr. Destiny Spurrell BScKin, ND
My healthcare career began by providing care for seniors in a nursing home setting. I obtained my Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at University of Waterloo and my Diploma in Respiratory Therapy from The Michener Institute prior to working in acute care at Hamilton General Hospital. My passion for early intervention and patient empowerment lead me into four additional years of Naturopathic medical training at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Along the path to becoming a Naturopathic Doctor I met and married my husband, a medical doctor. Together we have two active and energetic young boys. Being a “mom”, “wife” and “doctor” have all shaped my practice. I have a general family practice with a special interest in asthma, thyroid dysfunction, pre and post-partum care and professional women’s health.
As a Naturopathic Doctor I blend the art of traditional medical practices with the science of today to create a safe and effective treatment strategy tailored to you and your goals. I recognize that we are all individuals and when it comes to health there is no “one size fits all”. I am passionate about helping patients take charge of their health and empowering them to make informed healthcare choices that are right for them.
Please note that Dr. Spurrell is currently on maternity leave. To any of her current patients, your health is of utmost importance to us and your care will be overseen by one of our other naturopathic doctors.
Hi! I’m Brie and I’m nearing completion of my naturopathic clinical internship. I have been seeing patients full-time working at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and Brampton Hospital. I could not be happier to additionally be seeing patients at Durham Natural Health Centre (DNHC) where I’ve been working for the past four and a half years. As part of my internship I applied for and was selected to work on the Fertility and Reproductive Health shift. This has allowed me to focus on, and receive extra training in this specific area. On this shift I’ve worked with a lot with couples trying to conceive naturally, couples working with fertility clinics, those undergoing assisted reproductive technology, pregnancy care, and women’s and hormonal health conditions. I welcome and treat all health concerns, however I have a special interest in women’s health, hormonal concerns, infertility, digestive complaints, weight loss, skin conditions, anxiety, depression and disease prevention. While I complete my internship, all of my patient cases at DNHC will be overseen by Dr. McCulloch, and Dr. Sandilands, meaning you get the benefit of their many years of clinical experience together with my knowledge leveraging the most up to date research giving you the best all around care.
I’m extremely passionate about challenging the status quo of health and helping people thrive rather than just survive. Health is so much more than just the absence of disease. With that, my mission is to empower you to make positive health changes that are both rewarding and sustainable because a healthier you, means a more successful you in all aspects of your life.
I knew health care was my calling. Health and wellness, fitness, nutrition, and helping others have always been a big part of my life. Four and a half years ago when I started working at DNHC it took me less than half of my first day before realizing I was going to become a naturopathic doctor. The combination of evidence based treatments with natural health care solutions aligned perfectly with my values. Coincidently around that same time I went through my own health struggles and when conventional medicine didn’t know what else to do for me I was really thankful to have discovered that alternative healthcare existed. The drastic improvements in my health were way beyond what I expected which further confirmed that helping others struggling with their health was my passion. I haven’t looked back since. I went on to graduate from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science double majoring in Health Science and French and began the 4-year medical program that same year. I will be officially completing my internship and obtaining my Doctor of Naturopathy in May 2018. After 8 years of studies and practical experience, I couldn’t be more excited to become a fully licensed Naturopathic Doctor!
Annemarie Craigen, RMT
Registered Massage Therapist
Annemarie Craigen, RMT is a Registered Massage Therapist practicing in the Durham Region since 2001. She has been certified as a Lymphatic Therapist since 2004 and Laser Therapist since 2008.
Annemarie’s massage style provides deep relaxation as well as treatment-oriented techniques by incorporating Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Neuro-kinetic Therapy and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Low Intensity Laser Therapy and Acupressure are also sometimes used to help in augmenting the effects of treatments.
She believes that massage is a key to rehabilitation and health maintenance; an excellent tool for balancing the body as well as the mind. Annemarie’s approach is to focus on helping her clients to deliver their best one day at a time.
In her spare-time, Annemarie can be found walking the nature trails of Durham Region or volunteering in the community.
Annemarie is at DNHC on Wednesdays from 9-12pm, Thursdays from 4-8pm and every Saturday from 9-3pm
Shairoz Lalani RMT
Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Reflexologist and Reiki Master
Shairoz (shy-rose) Lalani received her Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1990, and her designation as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 1991. She enjoyed a successful career in accounting and climbed the “corporate ladder” until December 1995. At that time, she gave up her hectic, stressful career, and returned to school. It was always Shairoz’s dream to be able to help people and make a difference in people’s lives.
She attended the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in Toronto, and received her license as a Registered Massage Therapist in 1997. She also received her diploma as a Certified Reflexologist in 2000, and her Masters in Reiki in 2001. Shairoz is a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, (CMTO) as well as the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO).
Shairoz practiced as an R.M.T. in a hospital and chiropractic environment for the first four years, and subsequently opened her own clinic in May of 2001 in Mississauga. In November 2005, she relocated to Durham Region and is thrilled to have joined the DNHC team.
As a health care provider, Shairoz finds this line of work very fulfilling, as she makes an impact on people’s health and well being every day. It is a pleasure for her to be able to relieve her client’s aches, pains, and stress levels. Shairoz’s pressure can vary significantly from light to deep, and she believes that relaxation is a very important element in healing. Even when conducting a specific therapeutic treatment, she aims to make the treatment as relaxing as possible for the client.
Shairoz is at DNHC on Tuesdays from 12 - 7pm, Wednesdays from 12:30pm-7pm and Thursdays from 9-3:30pm.
For more information about Shairoz, visit her website at www.AQuestForRenewal.com
Sindi Kachuck, CNP
Sindi is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and a graduate of the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. Sindi also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from York University, and is a certified Canfitpro Personal Trainer. She believes that understanding the connection between mind, body, and soul is integral to achieving optimal health, balance and joy.
Sindi believes that whole, nutrient-rich foods, a healthy digestive system and physical fitness lead to a happier and healthier life – this stems from personal experience and scientific evidence. In her mid-forties after years of yo-yo dieting, body image issues, and depression, Sindi took charge of her own health and the results were profound. Making small changes to her eating habits, walking daily and pursuing personal growth.
Sindi’s journey of self-discovery shaped her desire to learn more, as well as help others. She began studying at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition where she learned the impact that what we eat has on our bodies, both physically and mentally. Sindi discovered the root cause of her symptoms, made further improvements to her nutrition and lifestyle, which had a profound effect on her overall health.
Sindi has established her practice with a focus on women’s health issues including healthy weight loss, digestive issues, fatigue, as well as mental health and wellness. Having three university-age children, and coming to a healthier lifestyle in her mid-forties, gives Sindi a unique perspective and appeal. Sindi loves helping young women who want to take control of their health and prevent some of the challenges their mothers may have faced. Sindi can also relate to mothers, or mature women like herself who want to recapture their health and feel young again.
In a warm, supportive and non-judgmental environment, Sindi works with you to identify the small changes you can make, and to create your personal plan toward the sustainable, healthy lifestyle you desire.
Sindi will guide and keep you on your path to your healthy ever after.
Sonya Zani B.A.
Prior to motherhood, Sonya enjoyed a lengthy career in the Life and Health Insurance industry. She has always held an interest in natural medicine and is excited to work for caring, compassionate and gifted health professionals.
Sonya looks forward to meeting patients while ensuring that they enjoy a positive environment over the phone and in person.
Sonya volunteers in the community and loves to cycle. Sonya and her husband are busy parents of twin daughters.
Evangeline is thrilled to be a part of the DNHC team! Having almost 20 years of experience in the healthcare field, Evangeline is proud to continue doing what she loves: helping people as they improve their health and quality of life. Evangeline enjoys being active; from participating in group fitness classes to walking her dog, and finds great fulfillment in teaching the children's choir of her church. She is always on the lookout for healthy recipes that are easy to cook but her guilty pleasure is Starbucks' horchata Frappuccino.
Knowing she was interested in a career in healthcare, Sarah completed her Bachelors degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. With a passion for natural health, Sarah then continued her schooling to become a Holistic Nutritionist at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition where she obtained her Certified Nutritional Practitioner designation. Following her dreams of becoming a Naturopathic Doctor, Sarah plans to begin the 4 year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in September 2016.
Working in a vibrant clinic that completely matches her view on living a holistic lifestyle and uses natural remedies to help patients achieve optimal health is something she finds refreshing. As Sarah is working towards a career in the natural healthcare field, working alongside such successful professionals is inspiring and an experience she is very grateful for!
Anisa Hajizadeh graduated from the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University, and it was here that she developed a keen interest in the interplay between lifestyle and chronic disease. She is now a second year student at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, setting the foundation for a life of service in the realm of true health. There is little that compares to the vital work of enhancing and maintaining human health and she feels grateful to spend some time amid the highly skilled, compassionate, and intelligent practitioners at DNHC doing exactly that. DNHC facilitates a space where meaningful strides are made in the advancement of the health of our community, and to spend some time with the patients and practitioners that make this happen is always a good idea.